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Productivity / Performance

Use performance logs to simplify employee reviews

It happens to every manager: You sit down to prepare a staff member’s review and realize you can remember only what the person has done the past few weeks. Or you allow only a single incident (good or bad) to color your assessment. If you’re relying solely on your memory to evaluate employee performance, you’re […]

Survey: Returning to the office improves productivity

Employees may grumble when their bosses order them to scrap remote work and come into the office, but they acknowledge the post-pandemic transition has its upsides.

Teach these 5 business etiquette musts to your team

Forty-five percent of participants in a recent ResumeBuilder.com survey of more than 1,500 business leaders said their company currently offers etiquette training. An additional 20 percent said their company plans to offer etiquette training in the future. What topics might be beneficial to cover? Here are a few to consider.

Monitoring: Beware fixating on productivity

Are supervisors asking to install tracking software on their remote employees’ computers and devices? They may be suffering from what Microsoft has termed “productivity paranoia.”

Do they just have the ‘blahs’ or is staff burned out?

Today’s workers feel the strain of maintaining high performance in an environment that makes success decidedly more difficult. It’s important for managers to be able to identify and deal with burnout—the loss of interest and motivation that can result from workplace pressures.

A user manual for every employee? Imagine the insights they would give managers

When people buy an automobile or an appliance for their house, they typically receive a user manual. Owners can turn to this document to understand the product’s capabilities, learn about care best practices and receive advice on how to troubleshoot a suspected problem. Wouldn’t it be great if employees came with such a guide? The good news is that they can.

The key to running more effective meetings

While meetings are necessary for virtually every organization, they’re often a source of frustration for employees. That’s especially true if the meetings they attend are delayed, unproductive or could have been covered in an email.

How to keep new employees productive & engaged

When employees quit shortly after being hired, the departure is a gut punch to productivity and adds unnecessary costs. Plus, it can send unsettling shock waves to employees. Managers set the foundation for good employee relationships during the hiring process and in those first weeks on the job. Here are tips to keep newbies onboard, productive and engaged.

Survey: Mental, emotional stress is leading cause of employee burnout

Sixty-one percent of workers participating in a new poll by the Grant Thornton consulting firm said they had experienced burnout in the last year.

Survey: Less than half of employees achieving ‘optimal’ performance

Only 41% of employees are currently performing optimally—that is, consistently producing their best work in a way they and HR professionals feel confident is sustainable over the next year—according to a new survey by the Gartner business advisory firm.